The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

by Mallory O'Meara

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Overview

2019 SCIBA Book Award Winner for Biography

Winner of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award

The
Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A Thrillist Best Book of the Year

A Book Riot Best Book of 2019

One of
Booklist’s 10 Best Art Books of the Year

The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335010131
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 78,036
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mallory O'Meara is an author, screenwriter and a producer for the independent film company Dark Dunes Productions. Whether it is for the screen or the page, she seeks creative projects imbued with horror and monsters. A New England native, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 11

Introduction 13

1 Establishing Shot 21

2 Fade In 41

3 Smash Cut 74

4 Dissolve 87

5 Wipe 110

6 Jump Cut 127

7 Monster Mash 140

8 The Beauty and the Beast 178

9 Montage 203

10 Iris 236

11 Cross-Cut 258

12 Cutaway 276

13 Fade Out 292

Epilogue 300

Afterword 309

Acknowledgments 311

Sources 313

Interviews 319

Index 321

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